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Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector Video Summary

Posted on January 8, 2013 By Phil Jones

Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector

When the VPL-HW50ES was the object of a full-length review, it received our Hot Product Award.The full review goes into all the details but here are a few basics:


Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector Highlights

  • Includes 2 pair of 3D glasses and spare lamp
  • 3D capable, includes supporting both 720p and 1080i/1080p 3D, including Blu-ray 3D and all DirecTV 3D we tested
  • Medium large, reasonably good looking dark finished projector
  • Large, well backlit remote control
  • Very good color controls - calibrates very well
  • Ultra high contrast projector with very good black level performance
  • 1.6:1 zoom lens, plus vertical and horizontal lens shift for flexibility
  • Excellent warranty!
  • Creative Frame Interpolation for smooth motion
  • Available online and locally from authorized dealers
  • Excellent picture quality

Basic Specs for Sony VPL-HW50ES

  • MSRP: $3999. (including 2 pair of 3D glasses)
  • Technology: 3 Panel LCoS (SXRD)
  • Native Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)
  • Brightness: Manufacturer claim: 1700 lumens; measured 992 lumens calibrated, and approaching 1300 lumens at brightest (we do not measure for the absolute brightest picture, but the brightest very watchable picture)
  • Contrast: 100,000:1
  • Zoom Lens ratio: 1.6:1 Manual zoom and focus
  • Lens shift: Vertical and horizontal - manual controls
  • Lamp life: 2000-3000 hours per Sony, no published spec
  • Weight: 28.7 1lbs. (12.8 Kg)
  • Warranty: 3 Year Parts and Labor (90 days on lamp), 90 day advance exchange

View full specifications here: Sony VPL-HW50ES


From the Editor: This video was created as a summary of the original, full-length review of the Sony VPL-HW50ES that was posted in September of 2012. It was directed and scripted by Lisa Feierman, and features Art Feierman, editor of


Videos that are part of the Projector Reviews TV channel are created by Projector Reviews Inc. If we review a projector and it wins one of our awards, it becomes elligible for a video summary. Of course, we can only do a limited number of these videos. In some cases, we will choose a projector review to do a video of. In other cases, a request may come from the manufacturer. As we do with the rest of the content on our website, we offer manufacturers Permissions. With these paid Permissions, manufacturers can post these videos on their own websites, pass them out to their dealers, and use them for other promotional purposes including trade shows and point-of-sale displays in retail stores.

These videos are very short versions of the full review. In just a few minutes worth of video we can't begin to capture all the information in the review, so we call this a video summary.

If this video is positive and enthusiastic about the projector, is simply because the review itself was positive and enthusiastic. We try to make the videos more fun, a bit less dry, with far less technical detail. Enjoy, but also visit the full review for more depth, even the settings that work best. Thanks! -art

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